Hoosiergirl Wanders

An Indiana Girl in a Florida World

Luray Caverns

They say what goes up must come down.  After hiking to the highest point in Shenandoah National Park, it only seemed to make sense that we take a trip under the earth at Luray Caverns.  Our adventure underground started with a wait in a line that wrapped outside the building.  It was a chilly day…

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Winding Our Way Through the Alpine Loop

It was time to say goodbye to Park City, but an evening flight meant that we had time for one more adventure.  I spent the night before contemplating what to do.  We wanted to head to the Bonneville Salt Flats, but the 3 hour round trip car ride didn’t sound appealing.  We contemplated hiking to…

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Adventure is Out There

When I was throwing together my last minute research our our Park City trip, I came across a picture of a colorful house that looked just like it was out of the movie Up, one of my favorite movies.  As I clicked on the picture to find out more, it is actually called the Real…

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Top Four Summer Experiences at Utah Olympic Park

I know Park City brings images of snow covered mountains with skiers gracefully speeding down the slopes.  I had my hesitations about visiting Utah Olympic Park in the off season, but this stop turned out to be one of the best on the trip. It held all of the adventure with none of the crowds….

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Where the Buffalo Roam: Antelope Island State Park

From the moment I knew we would be visiting Antelope Island State Park, on one of the Great Salt Lake’s islands, “Oh give me a home, where the buffalo roam, and the deer and the antelope play,” played on repeat in my brain.  Just writing that line has had me silently singing it non-stop as…

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Hot Tub Hopping at Diamond Fork Hot Springs

6am.  This is the unnatural hour we decided to start day two of our Salt Lake City trip.  With limited vacation hours, our goal was to make every hour count.  By 6:30 we were in the car heading one hour south of Salt Lake City to Diamond Fork Hot Springs.  For all of our effort,…

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Chasing Waterfalls and Climbing Canyons

I knew that ziplining would have to be part of our birthday weekend celebration,  but it needed to be amazing.  So in my research I came across the Utah Adventure Company in Ogden.  Here they offered two amazing adventures,  ziplining in front of a waterfall and/or climbing the Via Ferrata.  While the Via Ferrata looked…

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A Last Minute Utah Adventure

What do you do when Hurricane Matthew ruins your vacation plans to visit Hilton Head,  South Carolina?  Well,  you book a last minute flight to Salt Lake City of course,  and then spend the few days prior to your departure frantically trying to research and create a workable itinerary.  Instead of sun and sand we…

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Forts and Fish: Snorkeling at Dry Tortugas National Park

One of the best surprises on our Key West trip was that Geoff had planned a day trip on the Yankee Freedom to Dry Tortugas National Park.  We love visiting national parks, and a couple of years ago on a trip to the Smoky Mountains, I purchased a National Park Passport.  I love collecting cancellation…

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Hemingway’s Hallowed Grounds

When I think of great American writers, names like Fitzgerald, Dickinson, Steinbeck, and Hemmingway top my list of favorites. Lucky for me, Hemmingway spent a good portion of his life living and writing at his home in Key West.  And even though I have been to his Key West home before, I just can’t pass…

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